QUOTE(HRIP7 @ Wed 22nd February 2012, 9:01am)
One argument that has so far been neglected is that the article in the Chronicle was a clear WP:CANVASSING violation. It was clearly
a non-neutral message, and it was directed at a select audience – scholars – that might be supportive of the poster's stance, and has led to an influx of new editors who had no prior interest in the article.
Discussion is still rumbling on on the Foundation list
. Mike Godwin has involved himself with a few posts.
WP:CANVASSING is Wikipedia's silliest policy. According to that policy, reporters may not report the news, bloggers may not express themselves, and forum users may not share ideas.